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Towers Is Ready To Make His Mark

By Dewi Powell: Sheffield prospect Richard Towers targets 2011 to be his year to establish himself amongst Britain’s ever growing pool of domestic talent in the heavyweight division.

“I think this year is gonna be a big year for me. My team (trained by Dominic Ingle, promoted by Ricky Hatton) have spoke on a number of occasions and I’m hoping that I’m gonna get in with some names and show what I’ve really got in the tank” said Towers.

Towers was known to trainer Dominic Ingle years prior to his pro-debut as he’d trained at the infamous St Thomas’ gym in his early 20’s but a six and a half year stint in prison interrupted his boxing. On release from prison, Towers revisited the Ingle’s St Thomas’ gym and aimed to change his life by focusing on boxing and has shown top potential.

Despite amassing a record of 9(7)-0-0 in just 20 months, Towers recognises that staying active is the key to his development, especially as he turned professional later than most and is now 31 years old.

“I’ve been out of the ring for nine months, its common knowledge, it’s just a case of getting back on it, slowly and steady.” he said, and continued “I’m ready when they (his team) say I am, if they told me to get into a title fight tomorrow I’d be there. Without a shadow of doubt, without a wink!”

With the talent to make full use of his physique and his 6ft 8inch frame, Towers has shown he’s a class above the level he’s been boxing at thus far: “I respect every fighter that steps in that ring but I want a real challenge. I wanna be put to the test and I wanna show people that I’ve got a decent amount of skills considering I’ve only been boxing for a few years.”

Speaking of his last fight, a second round stoppage over Daniel Bispo, Towers said “That kid who I fought, he went eight rounds with Corrie Sanders who knocked Wladmir Klitschko out. You can’t compare such things I know as a basic rule, but it’s always good to know I got in there with a guy who knew what he was doing. And he complemented me after saying he didn’t like my power.”

But the 17 stone man mountain refuses to get carried away with his obvious potential, “I’m under no illusion, I’m on the starting blocks and I’m just going ahead as I’m told to go ahead and it’s just a case of doing as I’m told and all I can take credit for is turning up and disciplining myself not to get into anymore bother,” said Towers.

With Britain’s top domestic heavyweights like Derek Chisora, Tyson Fury, Tom Dallas and David Price struggling to find testing opponents, the time will come when the best thing for their development is for them to fight each other and Richard Towers seems more than capable of making his mark against them.

March 15, 2011

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